Cape Town - Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has indicated that he has no
intention of backing out of his appeal against a guilty verdict in his ball
Du Plessis was irked with how the affair was handled and
believes that appealing the decision is the right thing to do.
The South African captain was fined 100% of his match fee
for applying a foreign substance to the ball after footage emerged of Du Plessis
applying saliva to the ball with a mint in his mouth.
Du Plessis told the media at Newlands on Wednesday:
"(Withdrawing) it sounds like the logical thing to do but it's purely from
a non-cricket perspective.
"I didn't agree with the way it was handled, how it
happened and unfolded and the hearing that took place and how everything works
when it comes to those hearings.
"Even if it meant the decision came out the way that I
didn't want it to, for me it’s the principle of standing up to something that you
don't agree with and that's what a captain is all about - making sure you stand
your ground and fight for whatever the cause is."
The incident caused a sensation in the cricket world with
many players bemused by the decision to charge Du Plessis as this type of ball
shining is common practice.
Du Plessis is risking further sanction by going ahead with
his appeal with both the ICC and the MCC reiterating their stance on the
incident since the guilty verdict was handed down by the Match Referee back in
The main focus of the appeal looks set to be centred around
the definition of an artificial substance which is somewhat vague.
The hearing will held on December 19 and chaired by Michael
Beloff QC in Dubai, with Du Plessis joining in via telephone.